The Arts Company

Two Weekends of Art Crawling in July

This month, a tiny dream of mine is coming true: Nashville’s Downtown art crawl and its Wedgewood-Houston sister will happen on different weekends! Downtown kicks off tomorrow, Friday July 3 at 6:00. Make sure you hit COOP Gallery’s exchange exhibition with the New Orleans collective Staple Goods. The press release says that the collective functions out of what used to be a grocery store in the St. Claude Arts District, which shows how much the city has changed since I lived in there in 2005. (Arts district you say? Do tell!) I love COOP’s exchanges with other cities (you can read Laura Hutson’s article about its Nashville artists exhibiting in Brooklyn here), and I’m thrilled have some NOLA blood in the Arcade this month.

Earlier this week, I posted an interview with Briena Harmening, a textile artist and painter from right here in Tennessee. Harmening has a solo show at Blend called “I Bet You Think This Show Is About You,” and it will feature many of her crocheted paintings and sculptures. Also in the Arcade, Earbellum will have a group show including work from Ben Griffith. Ben brought us Tiny Galleries, which by the way is a great thing to do when you’re downtown (hint hint.) I was lucky to do a segment on WPLN about Ben, and working with him was tons of fun. He makes me happy.

The Arts Company opens Americana, an exhibition of LIFE Magazine photographers, including Ed Clark, Loomis Dean, Alfred Eisenstadt, John Loengard, and John Dominis, as well as sketches by artist and illustrator Ernest Hamlin Baker, as well as other gallery faves. WAG will have work from senior Casey Payne. Make sure to make your way over to Hatch Show Prints’ Haley Gallery, which will have monoprints by Master Printer Jim Sherraden. 40AU will have local printmakers Megan Kelley and Lindsy Davis.

Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston will be Saturday July 11, and I’m looking forward to several show openings there.

It would sweet if everyone collectively is like, “It was so wonderful have two weekends of art. We should do it all the time!” (looking over at you, Zeitgeist and Fort Houston. ❤ <3) But I’ll take this month for now.

Bring an umbrella. xoxo

Weird and Wonderful at The Arts Company

Aggie Zed, puppetman-rabbits; ceramic.

Aggie Zed, “puppetman-rabbits”; ceramic.

Fictions: that’s one word Aggie Zed uses to describe her artworks, many of which will show at The Arts Company in “Rollick and Roll,” which opens Saturday. Her materials are varied: pastels, copper wires, soldered metal scraps, clay, gears, and wheels. Her paintings often have a mis-en-scene quality about them; with titles like “they are not using my boat” and “we are advancing you as our candidate,” they indeed tell a story, a fiction that is both humorous and charged with truth. Her scrap float sculptures are stunning and intricate with a steam punk flair, but retain that same quality of an age-old story that has yet to fully unfold.

Aggie Zed, walk to water,

Aggie Zed, “walk to water”; ceramic, mixed metals. 

we are advancing you

Aggie Zed, “we are advancing you as our candidate“; pastel, ink, acrylic on paper.

Manifested in these sometimes crude, other times intricate figures is a desire to be something more, to achieve something fantastic. The characters in her world commit blunders, she says, much like we do. Zed treats these with a tenderness that borders on the sacral. She’s also a true hippie, noting emotionally that her work is also about the misuse of technology, the planet, and natural resources and our history of using these things to destroy, rather than to create.

Aggie Zed’s exhibition will be up for Saturday’s art crawl and through October 24. The Arts Company is located at 215 5th Ave. N. in downtown Nashville. Check out the video below to meet the artist.